Top 10 things to know before you book your wedding florist...

Hi there! First of all congratulations on your engagement! It's a very exciting time, picking a dress, a venue, a ceremony site and a bridal party are usually at the top of every bride's list. But there are still more decisions. Dahlias or Peonies? Dramatic or Ethereal? Traditional or Modern? Soft and gentle or strong bold colors? Picking arrangements and flowers for your wedding can be overwhelming. Finding the right person for the job requires a little homework. But that's ok! We at Fleur + Stitch are here to help!

We've compiled a list of the top 10 things you should know as you start the process of finding your wedding florist. YAY!

1. The Date

Ah... You've secured the date. Yay! Ask if your date is available. Some florists take multiple events on each day; some may only take one or two. We here at Fleur + Stitch only take one wedding per day. It gives us the flexibility and freedom to focus all our time and energy on making your day special.

But don't be alarmed by florists that take more than one per day, just be sure to ask how many designers are on their team and if you will have a lead designer for your wedding day. See if you can connect directly with them to see if you like their style.

2. How many guests

Is it going to be an intimate soirée or big bash with all of your extended family and friends? This is a very important piece of information for your florist to know. It all relates to how many centerpieces you will have at your reception and ultimately reflects on your budget. During the reception, your guests spend a lot of their time seated around the tables, eating and laughing and enjoying good company with family and friends or perhaps a friend of yours they just met. With so much time spent around these tables, it is important to help create a festive atmosphere. It also gives you the opportunity to inject your own personal styles or theme into the reception venue.

3. The size of the bridal party

In order for your florist to give you an accurate quote, it is best to have already decided who is going to be in the wedding party. Having a large bridal party can eat up a large portion of your budget. That being said, It's your day! Any good floral designer will have a few tricks up their sleeves to make your budget work. **Pro Tip** Do not say to your floral designer, "I don't want to spend a lot of money on personal flowers... They will just be dead in a day" Aside from the fact that you are talking to a person who has chosen to make a career out of making things that will "just be dead in a day", your flowers are there to enhance all your photographs. To add even more beauty to your special day and those photos will last a lifetime.

4. What's your budget?

Here is one of the most important things you need to know before you meet with your wedding florist. Everyone, I mean everyone, has a budget. Even if your floral budget is $1,000,000 it's still a budget. Some florists require a minimum floral budget. That is, a minimum amount of money you will have to spend with them in order to book your wedding with them. Ask your florist if they have one. I find that it is more efficient for me to quote bouquets and centerpieces that are inside your budget. At Fleur + Stitch we have no "packages". Every quote is custom tailored to suite your needs and budget. We like to offer many suggestions on your proposal. Sometimes we include three different options for centerpieces. You are not required to purchase everything. You pick and choose what fits best for you.

5. What's your style?

Everyone has one! If you think you don't, bring pictures. Bring pictures of your dress, your venue, things that inspire you. Your favorite flowers and the flowers you just can't stand. Sometimes bringing pictures of things you hate can also be helpful. Tell the florist about any themes and colors you may be considering for your wedding. They may have some great suggestions in ways to incorporate those themes and colors into your flowers. Just remember that the decision is ultimately up to you, and don't be afraid to say "I really like that idea, but I don't think it is right for us".

6. Know your flowers

Do a little homework and know the seasonality and expense of certain flowers. Most flowers are available all year now. But in off-season you will be paying a premium for those flowers. Also the quality of the flowers that are in their off season is not usually the best. Expect smaller flowers and buds and higher prices. That is why we always suggest getting the best value and taking advantage of your "season" by using flowers that are in it.